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AllTrails User
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I agree with the prior reviewer that it's definitely more than 10 miles. we went about 5.15 miles up taking us to where we wanted to go (maybe one set of steps past the last of the little ponds). yes it was hard but absolutely gorgeous. started seeing snow at about 3.5 miles up (not on trail - beautiful weather all the way). water views for what felt like at least 2/3 of the hike.

Margarita Jamaica Bahama
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Hiking

One of the best trails around Mammoth. Just under 40 minutes to mosquito flats trailhead from mammoth lakes. We got there early at 7:30 and they were plenty of parking spaces. However early meant mosquitoes so come prepared with good repellent, not the cheap stuff. We took our time and hiked up past box lake to Long lake and then up to gem lakes. Definitely if you can go to gem lakes. And as previous review said go to the last lake. There is not one switch back but a steady climb. Stunning vistas. On the descent from Gem back to the parking lot we counted 120 hikers on the trail. On the way up there were only 6 people because we left early. I drank 3 liters of water as the elevation is over 10k.

Krista Cooper
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Hiking

Completed this one today, probably the hottest day of the year! It was a great hike up with amazing views! Get up there early, very sun exposed. Looking forward to doing this again in the fall with all the colors and cooler temps. Summit Lake is like being on the moon and great views of the peaks on the other side. Parking was almost full at 8am on a Saturday, so get there early or go on a weekday. Seemed like most people were going to the Little Lakes so less ppl up to Ruby Lake, Mono Pass and Summit Lake.

Lisandro O.
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Hiking

Easy peasy

Benedict Foo
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Pretty much the whole way, you are hiking along the valley floor, to which you have a view of peaks to your sides and in front of you. Occasionally, you have a chance to check out the numerous little lakes as you get deeper into the valley. In other words, this hike is ridiculously scenic. Also isnt too bad in terms of difficulty, just remember it is at 10000ft and air is dry in the summer (less than 20% humidity) .

Lisandro O.
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Hiking

July 10 - Relatively flat hike to pristine alpine lakes! As easy as it gets in the Eastern Sierra to go from start to end at alpine lakes. Mosquitos weren’t an issue during the day but they showed up later in the evening. Wear your bug spray and you’ll be fine.

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Modesta Zapata
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Hiking

This is probably the most stunning hike I’ve ever taken. Truly fairytale scenery out in Inyo. Biggest downside is how heavily trafficked this trail is, though we did go on a Monday before the 4th of July. Crowds thinned out after the 3rd mile though, and there’s plenty of opportunity to leave the trail to explore the many lakes, meadows and idyllic streams along the way. Still a bit of snow on the mountains in the beginning of the month. We’ll definitely be backpacking in next time. Never seen my dog in a more ecstatic state. Wear bug spray.

Michelle Luis
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HikingBugs

This is a beautiful trail with amazing views. The scenery is some of the best I’ve seen. Beautiful lakes, valleys and snow-capped mountains. We went all the way to Gem Lake. There are two lakes associated with the name so don’t miss the second one as it’s the real stunner. We got there early, before 9am, and found a parking spot no problem. The lot isn’t large so get there early or later in the day to get a spot. It’s somewhat crowded for the first two miles but it really thins out as you get closer to Gem Lake. Not everyone hikes the whole way. There are mosquitoes so bring your bug spray. You’ll be in the sun a lot so be prepared for that too. FYI - if you like to fish, you might want to pack your pole. There are 4-5 lakes along the way. Absolutely beautiful!

Heather Fleming
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes of all times. I hike almost every time I’m here. It never disappoints. You are immediately into amazing scenery with wildflowers, rivers, lakes an magnificent mountains.

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Dennis Olson
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Hiking

Trail is well-traveled and nicely maintained. Rocky in some areas but well worth the time and effort.

Chelsea Long
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HikingNo shade

Absolutely beautiful. We started at 10:30 and it was perfect. Close parking spot. At 1:30 coming back it was really hot, but I had a toddler in a backpack. Still a totally awesome hike. Highly recommended.

Jason Welle
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Hiking

Glorious. Views on both sides of the mountains. Mostly level, main difficulty is the altitude, but there are plenty of benches to rest along the trail.

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Jordan Briski
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Hiking

I actually clocked 12.7 miles on this trail. Alltrails just quit tracking for a while. Beautiful scenery. Amazement around every bend! Definitely recommend!!

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Zoe Navapanich
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Backpacking

john muir is the boy! and jmw is straight up magical. this trail is in immaculate condition basically all the way up. we saw some incredibly friendly dogs and the trail wasn't too crowded. swiped a couple inyo nf permits and stayed down past summit to trail lakes. worth peaking past summit lake a little if you get the chance. summit lake involves pushing pretty hard at high elevation up the switchbacks but extremely worthwhile for a what if the moon had water looking landscape and also a million blue butterflies. (hiked w bp)

Minzhi Zhu
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Hiking

One way 2 mile from South Lake to Long Lake due to limited time. Clean restroom at the trailhead, most shaded trail. Worth to come back and finish it all the way up to Bishop Pass Trail next time.

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Kelly Shaeffer
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Hiking

Trail is absolutely beautiful from beginning to end. We were out there on a holiday weekend so there were a fair amount of people (parking wasn’t fun), but not so much on the trail that it felt over crowded. Multiple lakes and creeks to enjoy along the way. Saw quite a few dogs on the trail. Several families with small children as well, although I doubt they went all the way out. I will definitely be back to enjoy this trail again.

Marina Daroca Bazán
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HikingSnow

Beautiful trail with so many changes in imagery. It is a hard hike-you are going up all the way until you hit summit, but man it is worth it!!! If you are staying in the wilderness you’ll need a pass. We are new into backpacking and this was our first hard trek adventure. I fully recommend, you go through multiple lakes, little waterfalls, snow, rocks... everything you want when deciding to go to nature to disconnect:)

Jenn T
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HikingBugs

Most of the incline consisted of stairs. Lots of mosquitos. Beautiful lakes.

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Ricky Gutierrez
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HikingBugs
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Kevin Lee
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Hiking

We did this hike over the July 4th weekend, and we really liked it: * The trail was not busy. Good to avoid crowd during COVID-19. * Francis lake is so pretty. It is a small lake. And pristine. * The hike was actually pretty tough for “Easy” rating. Although the elevation gain is only around 1200 ft, because of high elevation it feels much tougher. I would highly recommend the hike. Start early to avoid mid-day sun.

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Jim Schrodt
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Hiking

great day hike, portions of the trail down to Sabrina were less traveled and rough, I think hiking from Sabrina to Willow Camp would be more difficult.

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Leah Robinson
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Running

Did this hike in the middle of the afternoon Saturday, June 27, 2020. Went a bit past the peak of the pass to Summit Lake and it was incredibly worthwhile—don’t make the mistake of going all the way up there without going all the way to the lake! The trail wasn’t crowded at all after splitting from Little Lakes trail and I was able to get from the trailhead and back in exactly 2 hours, trail running most of the way down. Surprisingly not too hot because you get a nice breeze at that altitude, and definitely not as challenging as I thought it would be given how intense the switchbacks looked!

Leah Robinson
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Hiking

Very beautiful trail, albeit a bit crowded (Saturday, June 27, 2020). Luckily we were only doing a day trip to Gem Lakes this time around, because it was super crowded with overnighters at the Lakes themselves. Trail very easy to follow, and an easy climb.

James Durtschy
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HikingBugs
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Nicole M.
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BackpackingBugs
Nadav Samet
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Hiking

This is one of the best hikes we have ever did. Amazing lake and mountain views. After making it to the end continue a little bit more to take a closer look at all Gem Lakes.

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Christopher Rude
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Hiking

Just spent the weekend off Little Lakes trail. Camped along shore of Box Lake. In the 80s during the day and low 30s at night. Used Sawyer repellent from REI and it worked well. Gorgeous views and some snow at higher elevations. Had high wind warnings but winds, though gusty at times was okay.

Carolyn Thorson
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Hiking

Stunning views, meadows, streams, and lakes. This hike never disappoints. However, as mentioned in the previous review, it can be crowded. Avoid the weekends, and start early. I would suggest being in the parking lot by 7:30 or half the hike is getting to the trailhead. Keep the bug spray flowing. Our day was chilly and windy, so the bugs weren’t too bad. If you are headed to Gem, remember to go straight at the Chickenfoot Lake sign, as Chickenfoot is off to the left but well worth the sidetrack. No snow, trail is well maintained. We had our Doberman Rizzo along, kept her on a leash on the way back as the crowds were coming in. Lunch at Tom’s Place after with a chocolate shake makes for an epic day.

Jessica Harlow
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HikingBugsMuddy

This is a great family trail. Completed is yesterday with several kids. The views are beautiful and the regular creek viewing was great to keep kids engaged. Got a few bug bites at the start and about 1/2 mile in but otherwise it was great!

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